Ms Jackie Waters-Dewhurst (appointed during academic year 2014-2015)

Jacqueline Waters-Dewhurst has spent over 20 years in education starting in the primary sector. She has significant experience in leadership and the transformation of organisations having taken up the role of Diocesan Director of Education in Bristol diocese prior to being appointed as Director of Education for the Diocese of Lincoln. In both organisations she has introduced the academy strategies, set up a Multi Academy Trust and transformed teams by increasing capacity and skills in order to better serve schools in an ever changing educational landscape. She has served nationally on the National Society Council and locally was chair of the North Somerset Strategic Schools Forum and chair of Governors at Westhaven Special School also in North Somerset.

Jacqueline is passionate about ensuring that the wider diocese understands the gift that it has in its church schools. She worships at a local Lincolnshire church and is on the cleaning and tea rota believing that service is an important part of faith.

Jackie is an inspirational speaker and has spoken at events locally nationally and as far afield as Dublin.

Mr Duncan Pickering – Co-Chair (original signatory to M of A)

Duncan is a solicitor specialising in Corporate and Property Law, Education Law, Charity Law and governance.

Duncan has been qualified as a solicitor for over 27 years and runs his own niche legal practice specialising in education, charity and business and property law. He has acted for over 70 converter schools, ranging from small infant schools with less than 100 on roll to large federations converting as a Multi Academy Trust.

Duncan is vice chair of a secondary MAT and co-chair at a primary C of E MAT. He is a member of Learn AT MAT in Market Harborough.

Duncan has experience of going into failing schools to help governing bodies drive standards, as well as experience of submitting free school applications and assisting schools wanting to become DfE approved sponsor academies.

He has undertaken a Church of England Chairs’ development programme and is a National Leader of Governance.

Away from work and education Duncan enjoys regular holidays now his children are all at university. He is a particular fan of Turkey where he has a family villa. His golf is not as good as his 14 handicap suggests!

Mr Roger Moore (appointed November 2018)

Roger was designated as the first National Leader of Governance in Lincolnshire. From September 2017 he was appointed as NLG Area Co-ordinator for Lincolnshire. He has served on a variety of governing bodies over the past 36 years and has over 15 years’ experience as chair of a governing body. Roger is currently chair of governors at Stamford Welland Academy which is a new academy.

Roger is the Governor representative on the Lincolnshire Learning Partnership Board currently leading on developing stronger governance for schools across Lincolnshire. As an NLG he has worked with several governing bodies, providing help and support to chairs with a range of issues and is a qualified and experienced Reviewer of Governance.

Roger has served, at the request of the Regional Schools Commissioner, as a member of an Interim Advisory Board for an academy with a Financial Notice to Improve. He is Trust Director at CMAT with an overview across the trust on well-being and safeguarding and developing governance. Roger is currently supporting a newly appointed chair of UTC and is Chair of an Interim Education Board.

In addition to two headships Roger has experience as a Local Authority Senior Adviser. Until recently he carried out Church School inspections. He is also a consultant with Stone King, (Solicitors) advising academies and academy trusts on schemes of delegation and with Values Based Education (VbE) advising and supporting academies on a values based approach to education.

Mrs Joanne Derrick (appointed November 2018)

Joanne Derrick is a Business Analyst with 31 years’ experience in the Life and Pensions Industry. She is currently a Test Lead of a team Offshore in India, delivering Transformation for a global company and specialising in the financial aspects.  Jo’s strengths are managerial and analytical skills.

Jo is a Member of Abbey Academies Trust and Chair of the Local Governing Body at Bourne Elsea Park C of E Primary Academy where she has been a parent governor for three years.  Married with 3 children, Jo believes in ‘giving back’ to society via those roles for the benefit of the children and the local community.